Taking their lead from the #createdontcontaminate thread trending online, Ireland's cultural community is responding to the lockdown by doing what they do best... getting creative!

ALISON SPITTLE'S MOVIE NIGHTS IN...

Possibly the best party in town right now - the comedian has been inviting everyone to her #CovideoParty where everyone watches a selected movie at the same hour on Netflix, with viewers joining in the banter on Twitter - after a screening of Extra Ordinary (in which Alison appears) the other night, star Maeve Higgins and directors Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman joined Alison for a live Instagram video chat. And then there's the fancy dress competition...

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WILL SHINEY'S DAILY DRAWING CHALLENGE...

It seems like everyone is rediscovering the joys of breaking out the pens and paper and channeling their inner artist, and Corkman Will Sliney (artist on Marvel's Spider-Man and Star Wars comics) has been hosting online drawing tutorials and setting his followers fun daily challenges...

SHARON SHANNON'S HOUSE PARTY...

The beloved trad musician invited guests into her home for a bit of a seisun on her couch, taking requests and letting her menagerie of pets steal the show... Stay tuned for the rather spectacular version of the Penguin Cafe Orchestra's Music for a Found Harmonium that closes the first half of the set...

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HOME IS WHERE THE ART IS...

Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny received a huge response to their online art challenge for children stuck at home - they have to create different pictures every day, and post them online...

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THE MARY WALLOPERS MAKE SOME NOISE!

When their St. Patrick's Festival gig got cancelled (along with the festival), folk combo The Mary Wallopers had a raucus stay at home gig instead... Don't forget that independent Irish artists need your support now more than ever, and we need them more than ever, so do whatever you can to donate - buy their work online, support their Patreon accounts... show your love! 

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